Manny’s dad. Joseph Santos. He’s a very very tough character to take. Props to this actor. Style-wise, you can see the house is decorated very plainly and modestly, and that’s also how the parents dress. Joseph’s attire gives the impression that he’s a hardworking and respectable man. But you know what? He’s also MEAN!
Marco lookin like he came back from a pilgrimage over break. He looks like an art student from my college, except much more meticulously curated and put together. Honestly, the look seems too intentional-looking to seem like a believable hippie or world traveler. BUT let me also say, I do like it. Marco’s always got something to say with his style and I appreciate that. So many dudes around here don’t dress special, so Marco stands out. His hair is curled, his pants are cuffed super weirdly, and he wears this ornate tunic lookin top with many necklaces. At The Dot he looks like some sort of foreign athlete in this.. gosh, what kind of hat even is this? and a zip up jacket. He’s got swag for real.
Oh right, we are kicking Season 5 off with a huge bang… Manny is coming in HOT am I right? Yeah things really get out of control in this season. We are kind of losing the relatability here. Sure, teen girls definitely struggle with fitting into beauty standards. Relatable. But we can’t relate to pursuing big-time acting and shopping for plastic surgery. I’m picturing Degrassi’s hand slipping out of my own as the relatability is plummeting and my grip is weakening. At least we have the whole “parents-willing-to-disown-you-at-the-drop-of-a-hat” bit. That’s relatable.
But let’s move on to the fashion. We start off with this swimsuit moment, featuring Manny in a hot pink bikini and large sunnies. And let me just say, I am LIVING for this S5 Manny hair. I ADORE these voluminous and perky shag. Next, her brows are waxed, her earrings are big, her tank is tight, and her khakis are low. Then she goes to the mall and tries on blonde wigs. What is our fixation with blondeness anyway? We briefly see her in a nice sequined tank layered over another tank and under a cardi. OH, I see, she’s trying these clothes on in the store. She’s also got low-rise jeans and a grommet belt here.
Next, for her impromptu audition with a talent agent, she wears gold wedges, a yellow ruffled mini skirt, and a matching tiny vest over what seems to be a bandeau. I mean, she really went all out for this look. Those tiny vests were SUCH a thing, I hope more of these show up as we go along. But the talent agent just let her have it. Then, we have a moment with this flip phone before we are back at school. I’m counting old tech as fashion. Manny is wearing her very famous stretchy orange halter under a weird green and orange zip up hoodie. Damn that hair is flouncy! She ties the hoodie around her waist to get verbally abused by her parents… before she goes to a rock-bottom party… where… well, you know what happens.
For this S5 premiere we don’t get to see JT for long, but don’t worry – you’ll be getting your fill soon. For now, he’s super preppy like usual, wearing a long sleeve polo under a short sleeve polo. Oh and it looks like he’s got a tee under all that too. Must be chilly here on this August day in Toronto. Those doubled up collars, man. What a statement. And he also adds a necklace.
Hazel time! She’s, well, part of the group, but doesn’t have many lines or much screentime like usual. She returns to school in this cropped pink cardi – I definitely had one like this – layered over a white tank, flare jeans, and pointy-toe heels. Next she’s at The Dot in a cowl neck tank of green and pink paisley.
Ms. Hot Sauce is still our principal, and she’s very stern. All business. Her hair is big, she wears some silver jewelry, and pink under her blazer. Also a little bit of pink eyeshadow, because who says you can’t be glamorous when you’re the principal?
Okay, I’ll say it. Season 5 Emma is HOT. And yeah, this episode is partly about beauty standards, and she is made to fit into that ideal 2000s look, so I hate to praise the toxic beauty standards so much. But I don’t know, something about S5 Emma, man. She’s glowing. And speaking of glowing, next season they put some weird glow filter on the girls, so this is our last natural era. Anyway, first is a rare swimsuit moment with Emma and Manny. Emma’s suit is adorable, with yellow and pink polka dots. She also wears some oversized rainbow shades. At school, Emma continues to sport the skin-tight Lululemon, and has almost a grungy makeup look of brown smudged liner and a darker lip. At the Hot Girls Party, which looks a lot like Jimmy’s house, her hair is perfectly curled and she wears layered camis as we did back then. She also has on this miniskirt that’s kinda like khaki but with a floral print on it. But seriously, the 2000s were skimpy as hell. And in the most formulaic way. To where, if, you ain’t got it, you can’t fake it. I feel like nowadays we have options and can play up the parts of us we’re proud of.
I have so may mixed feelings about Season 5 Ellie. This is a turning point for her. And we see it in more ways that one. Since this is a fashion blog, I do need to state the obvious: her style is toning down. Yeah, sure, her wardrobe is still “edgy” or whatever in that it’s black, but it’s becoming much less experimental and much less out-there. It’s pretty much subdued. I mean, check out her hair. Yes, it’s cute, but we’ve strayed very far from the extensions, crimper, multiple ponytails, and fake bangs. Her personality is also changing. First of all, she is simping for Craig hardcore. And while part of me HATES that, another part of me really hurts for her. I mean, look how cute and hopeful she is in this last photo. But it’s just never gonna happen, Ellie. I don’t know, maybe it should have. Maybe it would have been good for both of them. Anyway, her personality is also about to disintegrate terribly. She becomes Craig obsessed, and 100% boring from this point forward. I think perhaps the show struggles to write dynamic “alt” characters. They don’t know how to make these people “alt” besides how they dress.
But anyway, let’s break down the styles of today’s episodes. Ellie has discovered the wand curler, and has taken a liking to layering. Layering jackets, shirts, and even belt and skirts over jeans. It’s a lot. She also still wears her Emily the Strange bag, gotta love the continuity with the Degrassi girls and their bags. Her color palette is greys and blues mostly. Little details include hardware like the O-ring choker the studded belt, painted nails, and a Celtic knot ring.